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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • ND wildlife officials expect good pheasant year

  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials are anticipating a good production year for pheasants but have concerns about the population of the upland game bird long term.


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  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials are anticipating a good production year for pheasants but have concerns about the population of the upland game bird long term.
    The Game and Fish Department says officials heard 10 percent more crows during the annual spring crowing count survey, and all parts of the state had an increase over the year. Upland Game Management Supervisor Stan Kohn says hens are finding better-quality nesting and brooding cover this year, and the weather has been more favorable.
    But officials are worried about the impending loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of Conservation Reserve Program land. The federal government pays landowners to take the land out of production and plant cover crops that make ideal wildlife habitat. Contracts on many of those acres will expire by fall.
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